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2019 Lincoln Navigator Review

The 2019 Lincoln Navigator ranks among the best in the highly competitive luxury large SUV class. The Navigator has a posh and spacious cabin, composed handling, a refined powertrain, and easy-to-use features.

Pros & Cons

  • Brawny turbocharged engine
  • Spacious seating and cargo area
  • High-end cabin materials
  • Composed ride
  • Hard to park and maneuver in tight areas

7.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 10.0
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 9.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.4
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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2019 Lincoln Navigator Overview

Is the 2019 Lincoln Navigator a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2019 Navigator is a great pick if you’re shopping for a used luxury large SUV. The Navigator has an incredible amount of interior space. It’s just as capable of hauling eight passengers in comfort as it is picking up sheets of plywood from the hardware store. The interior is cleanly styled and trimmed with quality materials, and it’s packed with standard features like an intuitive 10-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

The Navigator is more than just a nice box on wheels, though. It rides smoothly, even on uneven road surfaces, and remains stable around turns. Its twin-turbocharged V6 engine supplies more than enough power for everyday driving. The Navigator isn’t particularly easy to park in tight areas, but few luxury large SUVs are. All in all, this big Lincoln is worth a look.

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How Much is the 2019 Lincoln Navigator?

Based on listings for the 2019 Lincoln Navigator, the average list price is $59,994. Prices range from $73,205 to $99,595 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Lincoln Navigator Cost to Own?

The 2019 Navigator’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $35,200, or $7,040 per year. That’s below average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Lincoln Navigator: What's the Difference?

Lincoln redesigned the Navigator for 2018, giving it a nicer interior, a boost in horsepower (to 450, up from 380), and more available driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control, collision prevention, a surround-view parking camera system, and a head-up display. The Navigator carried over into 2019 with no changes.

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Here are the key changes for the Lincoln Navigator over the last few years:

  • 2016: SYNC 3 infotainment system replaced MyLincoln Touch
  • 2017: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto became available
  • 2018: fully redesigned
  • 2019: no major changes

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 Navigator, 2017 Navigator, and 2018 Navigator reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Lincoln Navigator?

The 2019 Lincoln Navigator has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2019 Lincoln Navigator Recalls

There have been 2 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

SUSPENSION:REAR Recall Date: 10/27/2019
  • Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2019 Expedition and Lincoln Navigator vehicles. The rear suspension toe link fasteners may not have been properly tightened to the frame, possibly allowing separation from the frame.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 18
  • Consequence: A disconnected toe link can cause a sudden change to vehicle handling, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Ford has notified owners, and dealers will inspect and tighten the rear toe link fasteners, check and adjust the rear toe alignment, and inspect the rear tires for abnormal tire wear, replacing them if necessary. Repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began November 14, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S36.
  • Dates of Manufacture: SEP 05, 2019 to SEP 05, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 19S36
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V773000
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: INSTRUMENT PANEL Recall Date: 02/10/2019
  • Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2019 Ford Mustang, Lincoln Nautilus, and Lincoln Navigator vehicles. At vehicle start-up, the Instrument Panel Cluster Assembly (IPC) may not function, showing a blank display. As a result, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 101, "Controls and Displays."
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 4212
  • Consequence: A blank instrument cluster will not show important information like vehicle speed, fuel or temperature level, or safety system warnings. Driving with an inoperative cluster can increase the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Ford has notified owners, and dealers will reprogram the Instrument Panel Cluster Assembly (IPC), free of charge. The recall began March 8, 2019. Owners may contact customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19C03.
  • Dates of Manufacture: NOV 03, 2018 to DEC 14, 2018
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 19C03
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V076000

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Which Used Lincoln Navigator Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Lincoln Navigator comes in four trims: base, Select, Reserve, and Black Label. There are also two body styles: a standard-length model and an extended-length Navigator L model with extra cargo space. All models are equipped with a 450-horsepower V6 engine, a 10-speed automatic transmission, and either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive.

The base Navigator is a good starting point for most shoppers. It comes standard with many of the tech features and amenities you might want in a luxury SUV. That said, if you want additional active safety features, you’ll need to step up to one of the higher trims.

  • Lincoln Navigator: The base Navigator trim comes standard with a 10-inch touch screen, a 12-inch digital gauge cluster, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, Bluetooth, six USB ports, a 14-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, adaptive LED headlights, a rearview camera, parking sensors, and blind spot monitoring. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated second-row captain’s chairs, a power-folding third row, a hands-free power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, remote start, ambient interior lighting, and 20-inch wheels are also standard. A second-row bench seat is available.
  • Lincoln Navigator Select: The Navigator Select trim adds a heated steering wheel, wireless device charging, a surround-view parking camera system, an adaptive suspension, and 22-inch wheels. A second-row bench seat is available for this trim, in addition to ventilated and massaging front seats, a rear-seat entertainment system, and a tow package. The available Technology package adds parallel park assist, a head-up display, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and automatic high-beam headlights.
  • Lincoln Navigator Reserve: The Navigator Reserve trim gains ventilated front seats and a panoramic sunroof, plus all the safety equipment from the Technology package. All other options carry over from the Select trim unchanged.
  • Lincoln Navigator Black Label: The ritzy Navigator Black Label trim is just about fully loaded. It adds a 20-speaker stereo and tow package. Massaging front seats and a rear-seat entertainment system are available.

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What Does Lincoln's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Lincoln offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lincoln extends its original new-car warranty to six years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. Lincoln puts its CPO vehicles through a 200-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lincoln warranty page carefully.

Lincoln has one of the least robust CPO programs among luxury carmakers, according to our analysis. Better programs are available through competitors like Cadillac, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz.

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How Safe Is the Navigator?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Navigator an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. The SUV earned five stars in the frontal and side crash tests. Rear-wheel-drive models received three stars in the rollover test, while four-wheel-drive models earned four stars.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash tested the 2019 Navigator.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rearview camera
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Adaptive LED headlights

Available advanced safety features:

  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Head-up display
  • Hands-free parallel park assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

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2019 Lincoln Navigator Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Lincoln Navigator or 2019 Cadillac Escalade?

The 2019 Cadillac Escalade trails its Navigator rival in many areas. The Escalade has a clunky infotainment system, cramped third-row seats, and a stiffer ride quality. Its projected ownership costs are considerably higher than the Navigator’s as well. Although the Escalade does have a similarly potent engine, comparable cargo space, and many of the same safety features, the Lincoln is the better buy and a nicer luxury large SUV to drive on a daily basis.

Which Is Better: 2019 Lincoln Navigator or 2019 Ford Expedition?

The Navigator is essentially a luxury version of the 2019 Ford Expedition. These SUVs have similar overall dimensions, as well as comparable seating and cargo space. Both have many of the same components too, including their turbocharged engines and 10-speed transmissions. They aren’t carbon copies, though. The Expedition is a better pick if you’re on a budget. Used models typically cost thousands of dollars less than used Navigators. On the other hand, you get what you pay for with the Lincoln. It has sleeker interior styling, higher-end materials, and far more standard features and amenities than the Ford. Test-drive both to see which you prefer.

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2019 Navigator Performance

How Does the 2019 Lincoln Navigator Drive?

The 2019 Navigator may look like a lineman, but it sprints like a receiver. Its twin-turbocharged V6 engine gets this SUV moving with ease and provides ample muscle for climbing hills and passing other vehicles on the highway. It even accelerates briskly when hauling a heavy load. The slick 10-speed transmission deserves some of this praise with its quick, smooth shifts.

There’s no disguising the Navigator’s extra-large proportions when driving on city streets. It can be awkward to park and maneuver in tight areas, though that’s largely the case with its rivals too. The Navigator is at its best when on the open road. The suspension soaks up bumps and dips in the pavement comfortably. The steering is light and responsive, and the Lincoln remains stable when moving through turns at high speeds. The brakes provide strong stopping power.

  • Engine: 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available four-wheel drive
  • Transmission: 10-speed automatic
Does the 2019 Lincoln Navigator Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Navigator’s fuel economy isn’t great, but it is better than most competitors in this class.

  • RWD, short wheelbase: 16/23 mpg city/highway
  • RWD, long wheelbase: 16/22 mpg
  • 4WD, short and long wheelbases: 16/21 mpg
2019 Lincoln Navigator Towing Capacity

The Navigator can tow up to 8,700 pounds when properly equipped. That’s about 1,000 pounds more than rivals like the 2019 BMW X7 and 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS can manage.

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2019 Navigator Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 Navigator Seat?

The base 2019 Lincoln Navigator has seven seats. A second-row bench seat is available, boosting the total seating capacity up to eight. The front seats are soft and supportive, and they provide generous head- and legroom, even for taller occupants. It’s easy to find a comfortable driving position, thanks to the wide range of seat and steering-wheel adjustments. The SUV’s tall ride height and large windows provide an expansive view of the road ahead.

The second-row seats are nicely cushioned and similarly spacious for adults. Even the third row can comfortably fit adults, and not just for short trips. Accessing the third row is easy. The rear doors are large, and the second-row seats tilt and slide forward.

The Navigator’s interior is trimmed with quality materials, and the overall look is modern and elegant. Some vintage details are also mixed in. The cabin does a nice job of filtering out road and wind noise.

Standard seating features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated second-row captain’s chairs
  • Power-folding third-row seats

Available seating features:

  • Heated steering wheel
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Massaging front seats
  • Second-row bench seat
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Lincoln Navigator?

The 2019 Navigator has two or three complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for its second-row seats, depending on configuration. The third row also has two complete sets of LATCH connectors.

2019 Lincoln Navigator Features

The 2019 Navigator is equipped with a 10-inch touch screen. This screen is mounted high on the dashboard, and it’s easy to see and reach when driving. It has a simple menu structure and large on-screen buttons, and it responds quickly to inputs. There are a few physical buttons and knobs for the audio and climate controls as well, so you don’t have to rely on the touch screen for every function.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 10-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a navigation system, a 14-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, six USB ports, a 12-inch digital gauge cluster, and a Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Available infotainment features: a 20-speaker stereo, wireless device charging, and a rear-seat entertainment system with two 10-inch displays
  • Additional standard features: tri-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, remote start, and a hands-free power liftgate
  • Other available features: a panoramic sunroof

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2019 Lincoln Navigator Dimensions

Lincoln Navigator Cargo Space

The 2019 Navigator is available in two body styles. The standard Navigator has 19.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third-row seats, 57.5 cubic feet with these seats folded, and 103.3 cubic feet with all rear seats folded. These are among the best capacities in the luxury large SUV class. The long-wheelbase Navigator L is even roomier. It boasts 34.3 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 73.3 cubic feet with this row folded, and 120.2 cubic feet with all rear seats folded.

2019 Lincoln Navigator Length and Weight
  • Length: 17 feet, 6 inches to 18 feet, 6 inches
  • Curb weight: 5,685 to 6,056 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Lincoln Navigator Built?

Ford built the 2019 Lincoln Navigator in Kentucky.

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